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Are drones the futures of property surveying?

Leading multi-disciplinary property company says they are and claims they give it a major advantage when completing projects.

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Ashburton Hall - Croydon - image drones

Demand for cutting-edge drones is rising at a leading multi-disciplinary property firm after its use on the renovation of a historic hall in London.

Leading valuations and surveys firm McAndrew Martin deployed its remotely piloted quadcopter drones to gain aerial footage of the 136 year old Ashburton Hall in Croydon to help restore the property to its former glory. The firm’s architecture department used the high quality imagery to create a virtual fly-through for the £1m project and to support a feasibility study and outline planning application.

The Portsmouth-based company is stepping up use of its aerial drones capabilities in its directorates, including architecture, building surveying, structural engineering, general practice, project management and contracts administration.

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James Bengree

Director of Architecture, James Bengree (left) said, “Ashburton Hall was in a dilapidated state following years of neglect with a range of problems including dry rot, mould and general disrepair.

“Using the latest quadcopter technology, we got footage of the building from all angles, exposing the extent of the problems and creating a virtual representation of what could be achieved on the site. We’re pleased to contribute to the renovation of this wonderful building which is now a valuable and much-used community facility.

“As a leading multidisciplinary firm in the South we aim to stay on the cutting edge of new technology and our aerial capability is becoming increasingly important for all of our services.”

November 19, 2018

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